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Title:Power to the people? The impact of decentralization on governance PDF Logo
Authors:Dreher, Axel
Issue Date:2006
Series/Report no.:Arbeitspapiere // Konjunkturforschungsstelle, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich 121
Abstract:The paper analyzes the impact of decentralization on governance employing four indicators of governance and five measures of decentralization. Depending on data availability, crosssections for a maximum of 129 countries are estimated. Results for a panel of about 70 countries over the period 1984-2001 are also presented. The results show that decentralization - measured as the share of sub-national employment, revenues or, respectively, expenditures - improves governance. This is particularly true for low income countries but - depending on the indicator employed - to some extent for high income countries also. However, the number of sub-national government tiers exerts a negative impact on some dimensions of governance.
Subjects:Decentralization
Governance
Legal Quality
Judicial Independence
Federalism
Institutions
JEL:H40
H71
H72
H77
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:doi:10.3929/ethz-a-005118157
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:KOF Working Papers, KOF Konjunkturforschungsstelle, ETH Zürich

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